Non-profit

Conservation Colorado

Website:

conservationco.org/

Location:

DENVER, CO

Tax ID:

30-0037131

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(4)

Budget (2016):

Revenue: $1,848,069
Expenses: $1,544,169
Assets: $1,068,807

Conservation Colorado is a left-of-center organization that promotes environmentalist policies in Colorado. It also helps elect candidates that support more environmental regulations. The organization is a major critic of Colorado’s oil and gas industry and has supported stricter regulation of the industry, advocating for legislation in 2019 which stunted the growth of the industry.. [1]

The organization is a supporter of the “Global Deal for Nature,” which calls for the conservation of half of the lands and oceans on the planet by 2050. As a part of implementing that program, the organization has called upon Colorado to block development on 30% of Colorado’s lands by 2030. [2]

The organization also applauded President Joe Biden’s moratorium on all new oil and gas leasing on federal lands. [3]

Overview

Conservation Colorado is an environmentalist organization based in Denver, Colorado. The organization supports left-of-center environmentalist regulations and supports politicians who seek to implement such regulations and is an outspoken critic of the state’s oil and gas industry. In 2019, it supported legislation which gave the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission more power to regulate the industry. It has also accused the conventional energy industry of “overstepping a social boundary” by expanding into heavily populated areas. [4]

Conservation Colorado has supporting closing off large amount of land to human development. The organization has supported the “Global Deal for Nature,” which calls for the conservation of 50% of all lands and waters on the Earth by 2050 in order to combat climate change. In Colorado, the organization supports the conservation of at least 30% of the state’s land. [5]

Conservation Colorado lauded President Biden’s 2021 moratorium on all new oil and gas leasing on federal lands, claiming that the licensing of federal lands for conventional energy development damages surrounding communities. [6]

In 2021, the organization called for an accelerated reduction in Colorado’s emissions. Conservation Colorado supported legislation to codify proposed emission caps into law and charge fees for emitters of carbon dioxide, including power companies. [7]

Leadership

Kelly Nordini is the executive director of Conservation Colorado. She is a former campaign strategist and chief of staff to Colorado House of Representatives Speaker Alec Garnett (D). [8]

Jessica Goad is the deputy executive director of Conservation Colorado. She previously worked at the Center for Western Priorities, the Center for American Progress (CAP), and the Wilderness Society. [9]

Finances

In 2018, Conservation Colorado reported nearly $3 million in revenue and $2.5 million in expenses. It also reported $1.3 million in assets. [10]

The organization has made donations to several political causes through its grantmaking initiatives. It awarded $47,000 grant to a campaign opposing the recall of a Democratic politician. Conservation Colorado also gave a little over $1 million to oppose Colorado Amendment 74 in 2018, which would have required the government to compensate property owners if it caused a loss of market value due to a new regulation. [11] The organization also gave $12,000 to the Colorado branch of the left-of-center Sierra Club and $262,000 to the Conservation Colorado Victory Fund, a related PAC. [12]

References

  1.             Kiklis, Beau. 2020. “Opinion: New Oil And Gas Rules Make Colorado A Leader In Protecting Public And The Environment”. The Colorado Sun. https://coloradosun.com/2020/12/16/oil-gas-cogcc-opinion-2/. ^
  2.     Nordini, Kelly. 2021. “Conservation Colorado: A Bold, Achievable Path To Protecting Colorado’S Land And Water”. Vail Daily. https://www.vaildaily.com/opinion/conservation-colorado-a-bold-achievable-path-to-protecting-colorados-land-and-water/. ^
  3. Booth, Michael. 2021. “Colorado Oil And Gas Industry Blasts Biden’s Pause On Public Lands Drilling As Environmental Advocates Cheer”. The Colorado Sun. https://coloradosun.com/2021/01/27/colorado-reaction-biden-orders-pause-oil-gas/. ^
  4. Kiklis, Beau. 2020. “Opinion: New Oil And Gas Rules Make Colorado A Leader In Protecting Public And The Environment”. The Colorado Sun. https://coloradosun.com/2020/12/16/oil-gas-cogcc-opinion-2/.    ^
  5. Nordini, Kelly. 2021. “Conservation Colorado: A Bold, Achievable Path To Protecting Colorado’S Land And Water”. Vail Daily. https://www.vaildaily.com/opinion/conservation-colorado-a-bold-achievable-path-to-protecting-colorados-land-and-water/. ^
  6. Booth, Michael. 2021. “Colorado Oil And Gas Industry Blasts Biden’s Pause On Public Lands Drilling As Environmental Advocates Cheer”. The Colorado Sun. https://coloradosun.com/2021/01/27/colorado-reaction-biden-orders-pause-oil-gas/. ^
  7. Jaffe, Mark. 2021. “Democrats Want To Accelerate Colorado Greenhouse Pollution Reduction Roadmap”. The Colorado Sun. https://coloradosun.com/2021/03/31/colorado-greenhouse-gas-climate-goals-polis-sb-200/. ^
  8. “Our Staff & Board”. 2021. Conservation Colorado. Accessed May 24. https://conservationco.org/our-staff-board/. ^
  9. “Our Staff & Board”. 2021. Conservation Colorado. Accessed May 24. https://conservationco.org/our-staff-board/. ^
  10.   Form 990. 2018. Ebook. Guidestar. https://pdf.guidestar.org/PDF_Images/2018/300/037/2018-300037131-17123767-9O.pdf?_gl=1*10j2xri*_ga*MTcyOTQwMTk5OC4xNTczNDQ5NDky*_ga_0H865XH5JK*MTYyMTgzMzkxNy4yNC4xLjE2MjE4MzM5ODAuMA..*_ga_5W8PXYYGBX*MTYyMTgzMzkxNy4yNC4xLjE2MjE4MzM5ODAuMA. ^
  11. “Amendment 74: Everything You Need To Know About The Colorado Ballot Question”. 2021. The Colorado Sun. Accessed May 24. https://coloradosun.com/amendment-74-explained/. ^
  12. Form 990. 2018. Ebook. Guidestar. https://pdf.guidestar.org/PDF_Images/2018/300/037/2018-300037131-17123767-9O.pdf?_gl=1*10j2xri*_ga*MTcyOTQwMTk5OC4xNTczNDQ5NDky*_ga_0H865XH5JK*MTYyMTgzMzkxNy4yNC4xLjE2MjE4MzM5ODAuMA..*_ga_5W8PXYYGBX*MTYyMTgzMzkxNy4yNC4xLjE2MjE4MzM5ODAuMA. ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Peter Maysmith
    Former Executive Director (2009-2017)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: May 1, 2002

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2016 Dec Form 990 $1,848,069 $1,544,169 $1,068,807 $86,047 N $1,789,953 $64,786 $770 $111,540
    2015 Dec Form 990 $1,388,626 $1,560,303 $755,902 $77,042 N $1,308,657 $78,518 $1,451 $77,389 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $905,532 $849,812 $418,418 $72,098 N $839,706 $61,515 $116 $58,699 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $817,812 $677,466 $314,094 $23,494 N $806,435 $0 $350 $33,438 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $179,361 $160,096 $153,971 $5,027 N $157,700 $0 $402 $36,657 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Conservation Colorado

    1536 WYNKOOP ST STE 510
    DENVER, CO 80202-1245